Raymond trained with Coopers & Lybrand and Ernst & Young, where his portfolio of clients included listed multinational entities, public interest entities as well as other significant unlisted entities. After leaving the profession, he worked in commerce as Financial Director within a listed group of companies.
He has been involved in IFRS implementation projects for JSE-listed and public interest entities and has, over the years, gained significant experience in the interpretation and practical application of IFRS. His industry experience includes, amongst others, Agri-processing, Manufacturing, Mining and Public Utilities (Power & Water). He is a co-author of the publications Applying IFRS for SMEs and Wiley Interpretation and Application of International Financial Reporting Standards 2011.
He has also been involved in managing Sustainability Reporting projects and more recently in Integrated Reporting projects as well as required in terms of the King Code of Governance Principles for South Africa 2009 (King III) and has been involved in commenting on the proposed Framework for Integrated Reporting and the Integrated Report discussion paper that was issued by the Integrated Reporting Committee of South Africa.
Blaise is a Technical Director at W.consulting, specialising in financial reporting in the public sector. Prior to joining the firm, he worked at Grant Thornton as an Audit Manager, Gobodo Inc as a Senior Manager in the Technical Standards division, and at Protect a Partner International as Head of Accounting and Technical Excellence.
His areas of expertise include Generally Recognised Accounting Practice (GRAP), International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), International Financial Reporting Standard for Small and Medium-sized Entities (IFRS for SMEs), International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and International Standards on Auditing (ISA). He provides technical consulting services and training to the firm’s clients on these frameworks, both locally and abroad. In March 2012, he was appointed by the South African Minister of Finance to serve as a board member of the Accounting Standards Board (ASB), the body responsible for developing and issuing Standards of Generally Recognised Accounting Practice for use in the South African public sector.
In September 2015, he was elected Chairman of the Technical Committee of the ASB, and also serves on the management committee of the Board. He is an active member of the ASB’s Public Sector Accounting Forum (previously the SAICA Public Sector Technical Forum) and has served on various sub-committees of the Accounting Practices Committee of SAICA and the ASB. Blaise is a registered Skills Assessor with SAICA. Blaise developed and presented SAICA’s seminars entitled “GRAP Basics” and “GRAP Update” from 2010 to 2013. The seminars ran countrywide in all major centres for three years in a row, and were very well received by delegates.
Bridget is a Technical manager at W.consulting, specialising in financial reporting.
Prior to joining W.consulting, Bridget completed her articles with PwC with a focus on Telecommunication, Information and Entertainment clients. Subsequently, she worked as an IFRS Technical consultant at PwC’s Capital Markets and Accounting Consulting Services division. In particular she has been involved in the implementation of the new revenue standard and filled the role of the secretary of the PwC Global ACS Revenue subgroup.
Bridget spent time working abroad and was involved in an IFRS implementation project at one of Australia’s largest listed telecommunications companies.
Bridget’s IFRS knowledge and experience is diverse and extends across a number of different standards and industries. She provides technical consulting services and training to the firm’s clients on these standards, both locally and abroad.
Notable academic achievements include completing her LLB degree concurrently with her accounting qualifications at the University of Stellenbosch.
Angella is a Risk and Assurance Specialist at W.Consulting specialising in External, Internal and IT Audit related assignments. She trained with BDO South Africa, where her portfolio of clients included listed entities, public interest entities as well as other significant unlisted entities in the manufacturing retail and property sector. She has worked with other organisations including ISACA and IRBA and has travelled into Africa within her role as the national manager for audit technical with BDO South Africa and has acquired experience and insight into the Southern and Eastern African territory.
Angella has been involved in IFRS, Risk and assurance engagements including quality control process for JSE-listed and public interest entities and has, over the years, gained significant experience in the interpretation and practical application of IFRS and International Standards in Auditing. Furthermore, Angella is involved in integrated audits, information systems audit and internal audit discussions and has presented on topical issues including fraud risk management at conferences and workshops.
Angella Makowe served on the ISACA South Africa Board in the treasury and certifications function and sits on the SAICA Johannesburg District Committee as well as being President for SAICA YCAN division which serves the interests of CA (SA)’s under the age of 35. She sits as an observer on the IRBA Standard setting committee and has been involved with various task groups within CFAS at IRBA. She is also an approved (ERM) risk training provider with the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) in London and is a member of Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA).
Professor Jackie Arendse
B Acc (Wits) HDip Tax Law (Wits) M Comm (Tax) (KZN) MTP(SA) Chartered
After completing her training at Deloitte and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant,
Jackie worked as Group Financial Accountant for a top-100 listed company and then moved to
academia where she authored, lectured and researched on all aspects of tax for more than 20 years. She served as Project Director: Tax at the South African Institute of Chartered
Accountants (SAICA) between 2004 and 2006, where her main responsibilities included managing relationships with key stakeholders (especially SARS and National Treasury), enhancing SAICA members’ tax competence and representing SAICA in discussions with Government on tax policy and legislation.
Jackie was Head of the School of Accountancy at Wits University from 2009 until 2013 and has been Head of the Department of Accounting at Rhodes University since July 2014. She has presented tax technical seminars to tax practitioners and businesses around the country for many years and also advises on tax and education matters.
Jackie has authored numerous books, articles and publications in the field of taxation
including Silke on South African Income Tax and Silke on Tax Administration, published by LexisNexis and has served on and chaired numerous tax and education committees at both SAICA and SAIT.
Sarah-Jane Mackenzie majored in marketing with the Institute of Marketing Management. She started her career at Procter & Gamble (P&G) as part of the Graduate Induction Program in the UK. Her roles at P&G were extensive and educational both from understanding how the business operated and how to manage and develop people to achieve sustainable growth in various divisions and countries. Sarah brings over 18 years of corporate experience with respected Multinational companies to W.consulting with first-hand experience in creating business opportunities, starting divisions, product development, managing teams, effective selling, strategy setting, vision creation, marketing, relationship management, negotiations, business analytics and communications. She consults and delivers extensive training programs for corporates on the above mentioned areas in Western Europe, South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Mauritius, Seychelles, Zambia, and the United Kingdom.